As long as I’m talking about book buying, I thought I’d chat for a moment about my favorite book store.
Last Saturday my family popped across the river to our favorite independent book store, Main Street Books. Popped. As in 20 minute drive. Why do we make this trip? Better yet, why do we drive past the mall that houses a major discount chain store?
As we browsed the shelves, I realized that the man who had just entered wasn’t another customer. He was an author there for a book signing. It seems like most weekends this store hosts a signing or is taking part in some event such as the recent Missouri SCBWI conference for which they stock the sale table. This service is a huge help to conference organizers and one that many bookstores will not provide for us.
Sure, you have to pop out to another shop to get a cup of coffee but when you buy books, you are supporting someone who will support you. In my opinion, you can’t do much better than that.